Mazda joins compact crossover race with new CX-3


Hoping to cash in on the increasing popularity of compact crossover SUV’s, Mazda has become the latest to join a segment in boom with its all-new CX-3.

Set to rival the Opel Mokka, Nissan Juke and top selling Ford EcoSport, the CX-3 rides on the same platform as the recently launched Mazda2, but with a raised ride height and single powerplant offering.

Measuring 4,275 mm in overall length and 1,765 mm in width, the CX-3 features the latest iteration of Mazda’s KODO design language, with the Hiroshima-based firm claiming the interior to reflect the same Jinba-Ittai principle as the new MX-5; i.e. horse (car) and rider as one.

Available in three trim levels and two transmission options, the front-wheel drive only CX-3 again foregoes the current of trend of small forced induction engines, with the entire range making use of Mazda’s 2.0-litre normally aspirated SKYACTIVE-G petrol engine.

Producing 115 kW and 204 N.m of torque, the engine can either be connected to a six-speed manual or similar automatic, with Mazda claiming a combined fuel consumption of 6.1 L/100 km.

With an additional emphasis comfort and tech, standard spec is inclusive with the base Active featuring a four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, electric windows all around, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, power folding mirrors, push-button start, steering wheel mounted audio controls, six airbags, ABS with EBD, EBA and Hill Launch Assist. In addition, Stability Control is offered on auto models only.

Likely to be the volume seller, the mid-range Dynamic adds Mazda’s MZD connect infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker sound system, auto on/off headlights, front foglights, climate control, rain sense wipers, rear parking sensors and keyless entry. As with the Active, only the auto can be had with Stability Control.

Topping the range off, the flagship auto only Individual boasts satellite navigation, daytime running LED’s, tilt/sliding sunroof, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, seven speaker Bose sound system, Head-Up Display, leather/cloth seats and reverse camera.

A three year / unlimited km warranty and service plan is standard across the range.



2.0 Active 115 kW / 204 N.m R254 900
2.0 Active AT 115 kW / 204 N.m R270 400
2.0 Dynamic 115 kW / 204 N.m R277 900
2.0 Dynamic AT 115 kW / 204 N.m R288 400
2.0 Individual AT 115 kW / 204 N.m R325 900